Five Good Things


 There are awesome things going on in my kitchen.  Awesome things like… the oven is off.  Awesome things like… the dishes are clean.  Awesome things like… the cat’s new haircut means that there’s generally less cat hair everywhere.  Ps.  The cat learned this over the shoulder pose from the Olsen twins.  Demure.

Since all I’m eating is popsicles and fried rice, let’s talk about inspiration.  Have you seen the Internet?  It’s all over!

The Everygirl is a new site by two excellent Chicago-living ladies, Danielle Moss and Alaina Kaczmarski.  Everygirl is a really nice place to land.  They have career features and interviews with women trying their best to live their dreams (Check out this feature with the Blogshop ladies).  Everygirl also features fashions spots and health tips… but I super love that they have a finance section.  It’s not often enough that people tell me to chill out on my credit card and to think once or twice about a Roth IRA… right!?

I still just swoooon major for this line of jewelry from Unearthen.  Its design is exactly like its name:  you know, from the ground.  I’m not sure how much longer I can live without this watch.  In reality the answer is… probably a long time, but I love it!

beach coffee

Have you seen the 365 Days of Hand Lettering Project by Lisa Congdon?  It is inspired and inspiring.  It makes me want to pick up a pen and write kind words reminding myself to be kind to myself.  I can be such a jerk to myself sometimes.  … but maybe that’s just me.

If you’d let me snoop around your medicine cabinet… I would.  If you let me gawk at your shoe closet (or shoe pile)… I’d root through that.  If you’d let me admire your silverware drawer… I’d totally be all over that.  I’m nosey.  Closet Visit was made for me.  Closet Visit goes deep inside the closets of beautiful and talented women.  The site will make you love and hate.  Love = the beauty and talent of the women that surround us.  Hate = our own shoe closet (pile).

books and dinner

I’m deep into a big pile of cookbooks (and a small cup of chocolate covered sunflower seeds).  I’m going to make you some ice cream from the Savory Sweet Life cookbook.  I’m totally making pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Company cookbook, and oooooh the Cupcakes and Cashmere book.  Heart!  It feels like such a treat to browse through all these books.  It’s like vacation on the couch.

I love you, I do!  Enjoy this day!

xo Joy

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81 thoughts on “Five Good Things

  1. Every time someone says “Roth IRA”, I just shudder. Like that hyena in “The Lion King”, whenever someone mentions Mufasa. But I know I need to get on that. Will have to check that site out. And Closet Visit, because HGTV hasn’t hit upon that show idea yet.

  2. I love this picture of your cat! I’ll have to do this to my furry baby soon!! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this as the solution to my cat hair problems!!!

  3. I love all the links you just gave! I have so enjoyed the Everygirl and am too inspired to start letter writing. I am really intrigued about how to make ice cream. Do you need a specific machine to make it though?
    Thanks for your blog and podcast! I’ve become a little bit obsessed. I’ve been listening to all the old episodes back to back and been inspired to bake, bake, bake!!! xxx

  4. I can completely relate to the happiness of a, temporarily, clean and tidy kitchen and a closed oven! I really enjoy the ‘recipe relief’ you provide by occassionally discussing non-food related goodness :) Love your blog.

  5. I want all of the things. I love your cookbook pile, your winter beach photo/experience, your lion/cat… Thank you for the inspiration you are to me (and many other people I’m sure:)

  6. I just ordered the Clinton St. Bakery cookbook an hour ago! Amazon, hurry up please!

    And I did Blogshop with Bri & Angela – Photoshop is still way too over my head and I use LR, but hey, I tried :)

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